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EMBO | The Company of Biologists Workshop

PIWI proteins and piRNAs

06 – 09 April 2022 | Virtual

For the most updated program, please see the working website virtual meeting run by PremC.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 February 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 February 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 6 March 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 February 2022

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About the Workshop

The piRNA pathway is an RNA-silencing pathway involving small non-coding RNAs and PIWI proteins.This pathway was discovered fifteen years ago as a defense mechanism against transposons. Since then, this field has experienced rapid progress. Recent studies have implicated piRNAs and PIWI proteins in a broad range of functions, including epigenetic and post-transcriptional gene regulation, genome rearrangements, germ cell development, and stem cell biology. The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to discuss the latest findings in all aspects of piRNA biology. We will address piRNA biogenesis; the role of piRNAs/PIWI proteins in genome defense; epigenetic regulation; gene regulation; genome rearrangements; germ cell development and fertility; stem cell biology; somatic functions; and cancers. We have invited the leading specialists in the field, who have expressed their enthusiasm for the workshop. This EMBO Workshop is part of a series and both previous workshops were big success. We expect this EMBO Workshop to have a strong impact on the piRNA field and beyond.

This Workshop's programme is indicated in New York time (GMT-5).

This EMBO Workshop was made possible by funding provided by The Company of Biologists.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 February 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 February 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 6 March 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 February 2022



Registration includes:

  • Virtual abstract book (PDF)

Excluding accommodation


Proceed to linked workshop website.

Selection criteria

We will follow EMBO recommendations regarding the proportion of participants from the host country and EMBC Member States and regarding gender balance.

We will select participants such that:

(i) We get a broad geographical representation;

(ii) We will strictly observe the gender balance to achieve a ~50:50 female:male representation;

(iii) We will try to accept all participants who submitted an abstract and could contribute to the workshop

(iv) We will select 50% of participants in their early career (students and early post-docs).

(v) 50% of selected talks among the participants will be reserved for young investigators. This will significantly increase the number of early stage investigator speakers. Thus, young scientists will greatly benefit from participating in the workshop.

Abstract guidelines

Poster specifications

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Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Haifan Lin



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